Volume 16, Issue 1

May 2019


Barker, Martin. Editorial Introduction


Alcott, Thomas. Not putting away childish things: The importance of childhood in the audience reception of professional Wrestling Stars

Grainger, Rachel & Márta Minier. A paratextual analysis of Nurturing Opera Audiences: Transmedia practices, interactivity and historical interpretation in the Welsh National Opera’s promotion of the “Tudors Trilogy”

Güven, Uğur Zeynep. The patterns of participation in the rebetiko music scene of Istanbul

Huffer, Ian. Distribution revolution? The circulation of film and cultural capital

Maltby, Richard, Dylan Walker & Mike Walsh. The Seat of Bob Parr’s Pants 2: Intuition, programming and local cinema audiences

Wu, Shangwei & Tabe Bergman. An active, resistant audience – but in whose interest? Online discussions on Chinese TV dramas as maintaining dominant ideology

Themed Section 1: Readers, Reading and Digital Media

In this Themed Section, scholars explore the relationships between readers, reading and digital media through a variety of practices enacted on a range of platforms, and in various geographical and virtual locations.

Fuller, Danielle & DeNel Rehberg Sedo. Introduction: Read this! Why reading about readers in an age of digital media makes sense

Ouvry-Vial, Brigitte. Reading seen as a Commons

Ayala, Soledad Analía. Reading and search practices in Rosario, Argentina: A case study of usage practices of digital and paper devices by students and professors in higher education

Balling, Gitte, Anne Charlotte Begnum, Anežka Kuzmičová & Theresa Schilhab. The young read in new places, the older read on new devices: A survey of digital reading practices among librarians and Information Science students in Denmark

Rowberry, Simon Peter. The limits of Big Data for analyzing reading

Marcinkowski, Michael. Reading ambient literature: Reading readers

Driscoll, Beth. Book blogs as tastemakers

Barnett, Tully. Read in Browser: Reading platforms, frames, interfaces, and infrastructure

Ensslin, Astrid, Alice Bell, Jen Smith, Isabelle van der Bom & R. Lyle Skains. Immersion, digital fiction, and the switchboard metaphor

Wang, Yini & Judith Sandner. “I didn’t read many books”: Chinese rural women’s reception of ‘born-digital’ social media and community engagement

McGregor, Hannah. Yer a reader, Harry: HP Reread Podcasts as digital reading communities

Matthews, Kristin L. “Woke” and reading: Social media, reception, and contemporary Black Feminism

Branagh-Miscampbell, Maxine & Stevie Marsden. “Eating, sleeping, breathing, reading”: The Zoella Book Club and the young woman reader in the 21st Century

Ramdarshan Bold, Melanie. Is “Everyone welcome”? Intersectionality, inclusion, and the extension of cultural hierarchies on Emma Watson’s Feminist book club, “Our shared shelf”

Rodger, Nicola. From bookshelf porn and shelfies to #bookfacefriday: How readers use Pinterest to promote their bookishness

Fuller, Danielle. CODA. The multimodal reader: Or, how my obsession with NRK’s Skam made me think again about readers, reading and digital media

Themed Section 2: Interviews and Reading

This Themed Section consists of eight contributions addressing the value and challenges of using different kinds of interviews in researching the role of reading in people’s lives.

Trower, Shelley, Amy Tooth Murphy & Graham Smith. Introduction – Interviews and reading

King, Edmund G.C., Maya Parmar & Shafquat Towheed. Reusing historical questionnaire data and using newly commissioned oral history interviews as evidence in the history of reading

Trower, Shelley, Amy Tooth Murphy & Graham Smith. “Me mum likes a book, me dad’s a newspaper man”: Reading, gender and domestic life in “100 Families”

Heimo, Anne & Kirsti Salmi-Niklander. Everyday reading cultures of Finnish immigrant communities

Gibson, Mel. Memories of a medium: Comics, materiality, object elicitation and reading autobiographies

Fuller, Danielle & DeNel Rehberg Sedo. “Boring, frustrating, impossible”: Tracing the negative affects of reading from Interviews to Story Circles

Rose, Jonathan. Interviewing silence: In conversation with the Autism Community

Henningsgaard, Per. Not your average reader: Interviewing literary agents, editors, and publishers

Themed Section 3: Researching Past Cinema Audiences

This Themed Section consists of nine essays arising from the 2018 Aberystwyth conference on ‘Researching Past Cinema Audiences: Archives, Memories and Methods’, which focused, in particular, on debating and assessing the range of creative and ground-breaking methods being employed within this growing field.

Egan, Kate, Martin Ian Smith & Jamie Terrill. Introduction: Researching Past Cinema Audiences

Harper, Sue. “It is time we went out to meet them”: Empathy and historical distance

Erdogan, Nezih. Early cinema-going and the emergence of film culture: The first Pathé Cinema Theatre opens in Istanbul (1908)

Slugan, Mario. The turn-of-the-century understanding of ‘fakes’ in the US and Western Europe

Terrill, Jamie. More to the UK than England: Exploring rural Wales’ cinemagoing history through its showmen

Farmer, Richard. The dying of the light: The blackout, cinemas, and cinemagoing in wartime Britain

Neely, Sarah. “Reel to Rattling Reel”: Telling stories about rural cinema-going in Scotland

Treveri Gennari, Daniela & Sarah Culhane. Crowdsourcing memories and artefacts to reconstruct Italian cinema history: Micro-histories of small-town exhibition in the 1950s

Barefoot, Guy. My Search for “Passion Pits with Pix”: Cinema history and 1950s Drive-In audiences

Smith, Martin Ian. Researching memories of The Exorcist: An introduction to grounded audience studies